Okay so time to share what has happened so far in this crazy fast paced first few days here. So we got to our apartment and found the note that the sisters who were here before us left and it mentioned a baptism that was coming up on saturday (last saturday now) and we were just thinking that that was awesome. They had already made a program and everything so it was all ready to go and all we really needed to do was teach Ali (the guy getting baptized) one more short lesson. So we taught that lesson our first day here and then we met with bishop and he said that we just needed to make sure that the person who was going to baptize Ali would still be able to do that. We called the brother that was on the program thursday night and he said he had no idea that he was supposed to and that he would be working so he couldn't do it... so this made us a little frightful that maybe the sisters hadn't contacted anyone on the program before they left and sure enough every person we called had no idea but a couple of them were willing to still participate. But we still needed someone to baptize so we tried getting a hold of Ali several times on friday, even stopped by his house a couple times but we weren't able to get in contact with him. So we called bishop and asked who he thought should baptize and he said "you know Ali isn't very close with people in the ward yet and he's leaving on tuesday for michigan so how about we just let one of you two do it?" so we said okay and then Elder Murdock said that he needed to get his pants hemmed before he baptizes anyone so it would have to be me. so without even knowing this guy very well i was put on the program to baptize him. And then friday night we went to the Gideons (two investigators who aren't married yet) to meet them and after 30 minutes of talking and teaching and finding out where they are at (which was hard because they are from the marshal islands and don't speak much english) brother Gideon (the father of one of the investigators) said "yes, they are getting married tomorrow morning at 9, we go to the other church building before the baptism" and this obviously caught us off guard because we were supposed to help them get married but i guess they had talked to bishop and had it all figured out already. So saturday morning we went to the stake center atto fill up the font and then we had a wedding at 9 and then we had a baptism at 10. It was a crazy day!!
Now let me tell you a little bit about a town in our area called Mont Bello. On tuesday while i was still in parker my companion and i would tell people where we were going and they would look at Elder Otterstrom and say "well i'll be praying for you" and then they would turn to me and say "and i will pray extra hard for you, you have mont bello right? do you get a concealed carry license or anything?" so that made me a little nervous but it mostly made me excited because i knew that the work would be even greater here because of that. and sure enough the work in that town is far greater then i ever saw in parker, but its not near as bad as people make it sound. The other night we were over there making some visits and knocking on the surrounding doors and then when we were on our way back to the car we heard someone behind us shout out in the best english he could "hey, you two!" so we turned around and looked and he shouted again and said "ya, you two, come here" and then he said a few other demands like "come here" but it was in spanish, so we walked over to him a little nervously because he looked angry (this was like) and then he started talking to Elder Murdock in spanish and stepped really close to us and then looked at me and started talking in spanish, so i told him i don't speak spanish and asked if he spoke english. He said he spoke a little and then started laughing really hard and said "you look just like Arse, my best friend in highschool. Here i'll show you a picture." And then he showed us a picture of the mexican Sam Cluff and he started calling me Arse. We have had a few interactions like this and we have come to find out almost everyone in mont bello looks mean but they are super nice and friendly. sometimes i see someone when we are out in that area and i think "oh better steer clear of them" and then of course the prompting comes that i need to talk to that person and i think "ah man, come on, what about that old lady over there? cant i talk to her instead?" But that's not how the spirit works so i go talk to the person that i felt prompted to talk to and almost every time i do that those are the people that invite us back.
One more funny story, so we were walking back from an appointment that was in our apartment complex and on our way back Elder Murdock just decided to let out a short whistle for no reason, and then right after he did that a guy standing on his porch nearby whistled back and started laughing. We turned to face him and then he asked us how we were doing so we replied and then walked over and asked how he was doing. He was from the marshal islands as well but we managed to set up an appointment to go back and teach him. The lord works in mysterious ways, even through a whistle!
Well that's just a little bit of the crazy week I've been having. i have a few pictures but i don't know how to get them onto the computer because there's no spot for my sd card so maybe by next week i will be able to find a way to send them...
love you all!!
Love, Elder Cluff